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May 21, 2000

For Mom

Marie is what they call her,
Mom is what I call her.
Tears running down her cheeks, I see happiness on them
Hugging is all I could do to
Endure all what she has 
Reveled in her arms around me is nothing but the love we share
together.
She is my mother and I'll always love her. 

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY MOM

Your Son,  JD Smith

~*~

To watch the man who hangs the moon
to watch his son fill his shoes
to feel the warmth of his embrace
to see the smile upon his face
to feel the tenderness of his kiss
These are the things I don't want to miss.
To feel the chills with his every touch
to wonder how I could love so much
to hear his words of comfort to me
to know, before I die, he is the last person i want to see.
These are the things I can't deny.
All the reasons not to say goodbye.
 Torie 

~*~

Give and Take
Lil Bebe


I give to you on this day, all of me
My heart, my soul, and my devotion.
I shall take you as you are, and 
I pray you will give me nothing but your best.

Your love like the wind swept me away
And you gave me wings fly.
We fell in love the old-fashioned way
I promise on this day to never say goodbye.

When you smile, you turn the darkest day bright.
Just talking to you turns any situation right.
Weíll step-out on faith today and try to make our love work.
Even though, in the darkness hard times lurk.

Angels shall sing a brand new song,
The wedding bells shall chime right along.
So take this ring, itís a symbol of
My heart, my soul, and My Love!

~*~

Monster of the Cloth
- staring back at my Monsters - 
By Ryan Holladay


Staring back at my
footsteps 
of 
baptismal regrets
i consider 
myself lucky 
in spite of the crime
offering plates strip my pockets of everything
piggy banks left with but nickels and dimes

pregnant with apathy
touchdown ostensibly
loosing 
connecting roots 
plucked
from the vine
acolyte stardom
left screaming in tongues
weíll feast on the bread and choke
on the wine
~*~

Poetic Impotence
Kathlene Mackenzie

Am I a poet and don't know it?
or a poetaster in sheep's clothing?
Strange how sometimes the words can flow 
and at other times won't budge.
Oh, they come out if I push hard enough,
clumsy, misshapen, nonsensical
insults to ink and trees.
My poetical constitution consists of bouts
of diarrhea and constipation,
with a few burps and farts in between.
Maybe I need a muse, a literary laxative,
or maybe just for the ink to dry up in my head.

~*~

Your Love
Lynn-z King
Why is love so mysterious?
One day you think you know it
and the next you have no clue
At first you are so happy
then at once so blue
I have to sit and wonder...
Does love exist?
If not what is that warm feeling
the one that arises deep inside
every time you see him smile
Why is it when your eyes meet 
you only smile and look away?
even though it happens every single day
you know there are untold truths 
about you feelings
that need to be persued
you both feel the same way 
but almost never know
for you have a small fear inside
that will only grow
So step out of your sheltered place 
BE BOLD!
let him know you love him!!!
before it goes untold.
~*~
THE PEST
A.T.Marrett

Introduced into New Zealand by governor Grey
The Australian possum is here to stay
Forty thousand tons of foliage consumed each night
Leaves the bush in a terrible plight
Trees, topmost branches rotting, barren, and bare
But still the possum munches on without a care

Hundreds killed on the roads each night
Their bodies squashed, and broken, a gruesome sight
Untold thousands are poisoned, trapped, and shot
But eradicated, the possum it is not
~*~

An Engagement Ring and a One Night Stand
Isaac M. O'Bannon       8-27-99


There are so many things I want to write about you.
You gave me emotions I had no intention of feeling again.
Most of which, I have no reason to feel.
But you gave them to me,
and for that, I am grateful.

And you did this in such a little time.
You gave me confidence in myself-
And I'm certain that you gave me at least a month's worth of decent prose.
You gave me back my life,
while at the same time,
you probably began the disintegration of your own.

You wore an engagement ring and spoke lovingly of your betrothed, while lying naked beside me,
still warm from our sex.
You betrayed your commitment.

But who is the stronger person here?
When speaking to you hypothetically,
I had declared my unwillingness to participate in anyone's infidelity.
I sat mightily upon my moralism-
confident that it would protect me and, perhaps,
right some of the imperfections of my past.
Wrong
wrong
wrong
wrong.
Within the hour, I was in your arms, between you legs.
My actions proved you the stronger.
I knew the dangers and proclaimed confidence in my ability to avoid them.
You simply fulfilled your plan of premeditated adultery-
I was the weaker.

But in my righteous tirade,
I was correct in one point:
I predicted that if I did falter,
that I would have regret for those deeds.
Right.
At least mostly.
Because I do still feel somewhat proud of what turned out to be your conquest rather than mine,
and I will have plenty of things to write about for awhile.


~*~

MY LOVE FOR YOU.
By A M Williamson.


I shed a tear for you today,
but no one will ever know
just how much you mean to me
and that it's my love that you hold.
It's all up to you now
weather I love or not.
But either way your love will stay
with your memory in my heart.
I cried a little for you today
as I haven't seen you in days.
You told me that you loved me
but when will your love fade?
I wept a little for you today
but no one will ever know
that you own the key
to the life I own.

~*~

Sometimes I can't help but think,
that there was something more
for me.
Another's imagination
flutters of color
eludes me.
Maybe one of these days 
I'll be able to stomach it.
Suffocating under the pressure. 
I'll just have to burn
with it. 
Albeit I hope my emotions
explode into the stars
and envelope the atoms of eternity. 
Then once awakening. 
The eternity of god
will be smiling down upon me.
Ben Sachs 

~*~

Fantasy Coffee
Ben Moubarak
Itís one of those things where you go for blindly
Because if you miss that kind of date
You donít know what youíve missed exactly
Until you wake up from realityís waste
You donít know what to expect
Until youíre sitting down with destiny
Hoping for the night to vibe perfect
Sharing a drink or two of fantasy coffee
New doors are open
To a dream like relation
Between you and company
Over a cup of fantasy coffee
You smile you laugh you talk
You finish the night with a long walk
You give each other sweet night kisses
Leaving each other with the same wishes

~*~

The Fragrance of Love
Joshua sullivan


Never knew you, glanced occasionally under spells of wonder..
Paced myself for new experiences and heavy minds.
All were dark, though I was darker--
Narrow was this Summer time.
Bells rang out at the start of the hour,
The fragrance of love had not yet become sour.
The secrets that were told were still held but not sacred..
The never ending struggle for peace, still belated.
Untrusted youth walk the streets in the night,
Searching for anything to enhance their dull minds..
Death never thought of, though always somewhat near,
Buried in our darkest pits of emptiness and fear.
Smiles were always welcome from an unfamiliar face--
Though the love that I once cherished had painfully turned to hate.
Innocent and helpless, I was searching for a friend,
I don't regret the past, it will happen all again.
~*~

U WANNA TEST ME?
FOR I BRING SORROW AND HATRED.
U WANNA TEST ME?
AN ILL WIND PASSES THROUGH THE CLOUDS.
U WANNA TEST ME?
LIFE IS WORTH LIVING
U GONNA BLESS ME?
THE SICK PRAISE THE SKIES.
I'M GONNA BLESS THEE?
WHEN THOU FALL TOO THE GROUND
IM GONNA BLESS THEE?
ALL THE WORLD MAKES A SOUND
U WANNA TEST ME?
THE SPOKEN WORDS OF AN ENRAGED PLANET
SPEAKIN ON INJUSTICE.
U WANNA TEST ME?
ALL THE WORLDS A STAGE
BUT THOSE ON IT ARE THE PUPPETS
ALL ACTIONS CONDEMNABLE ASK ME?
ALL THE RAIN PAIN FOR ACTIONS.
U WANNA TEST ME?
AND YOU'RE ALREADY FAILED

XIAN KINCAID 

~*~

 'The Other Me'
Donna F.Nail

We were created one, twofold at birth
Forever joined by heart and soul, diminished is my worth;
A part of me was lost when my brother took his leave
I am but half of what I was, now internally I grieve.
I long to be with him, how I miss him so
Your labors are incomplete you cannot go, he says no;
His sufferings were great, I'm glad his agony did end
I still see his withered face, eyes open forever frozen.
Wrought with pain, how could I wish him to remain
For borrowed strength and selfish gain?
Tears fall so readily still today
Ebbs of solitude, come as they may.
He held dark secrets and memories
Lost to me in shadows of murky mire and dense trees;
Gave them back to me, when strong enough to receive
Not to torment, but to make whole....to please.
For this blessed creature is not lost you see
I remain with him, he resides in me;
Between heaven and earth we now soar
Limitless is our boundary and less is really more.

~*~

reflection
jackie stewart

If only I had asked you. "How are you,"
and really meant it.
if only i had seen your signs,
i would have seen your tears,
seen your grief, 
seen your fears.
yet i was blind to your signs, 
and for that i lost you to time.
you know i never meant it, 
all those times we fought...
or did you?
why didn't i stop and think?
i had been in your place, 
i had walked in your shoes.
why didn't i stop you?
i can't let myself forget.
that last night,
when you went away,
i didn't even say goodbye, 
i thought you would be back
i blame myself for your absence,
i blame myself for my sorrow,
i blame myself for your family's loss,
i am plagued with thought 
of what i could have said,
of what i could have done.
every night i toss and turn,
thinking of ways to turn back time
and kill that monster in your mind
~*~

Something
Andrew Ball 


Something is broken,
Perhaps beyond repair,
In truth, I'm not really certain,
What's worse: I'm not too sure I care.

For when all of my fixes are failures,
And all of my tools lie broke,
My words become tangled and twisted,
And emotion will cause me to choke.

As the seeds of renewal fall barren,
Like building a castle of sand,
The moment you finish the detail,
It crumbles to dust in your hand.

And time will engulf its foundation,
Its bridge and defenses laid bare,
For nothing can bring it salvation,
And 'twill be as it never was there.

~*~

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman
Margaret Haugen


You pierce the veil, Dionysus
And allow me no relief
Floating away on ecstasy
I am now writhing in pain

I painted myself sinking in a pool of blood
A grim and dying Ophelia
Seeking solace in life and what I've become

I don't want to see you lying there
Broken cup, broken Krishna
Shattered in all directions
Refracting off the gods and the soul

A possible future
Dismal in the setting sun

~*~

I was sittin by myself, wonderin' why
all the things in my life had passed by
sometimes I forget all I need is you
I find myself reminding me this much is true

It was you that led me to this place,
and it was you that made me who I am 
and it was you that bought me to believe that 
All I really need is you

Sometime I will stumble, and sometimes I will fall, 
but I need to remember through it all,

It was you 
Melissa Risch

~*~

I took a time away,
shifted anxiously in My chair,
gaining perspective...
the window opened,
extracted the opportunity 
changing a relaxed mind.

The mint grew wild,
where gremlins ran under
a gardeners feet.

her sound, nothing short of elation
rose within him,
admiration, 
she changed him.

The full days revolved around empty nights,
echoes of shadows clattered across stony floors,
no one heard, as the emptiness left, a whimper,
not a scream. 
Winterborne

~*~

he heavens open
and
I feel the
power
beneath my feet
as 
your fingers touch
my
bare, wet skin
drenched
by your world.
Amanda O'Karma

~*~

You and I
 Lourdes Jackson

Love me when you see I'm in too deep
Love me like you cherish your life and I'll forever be your loving and caring wife
My deep brown eyes see you for you
I love you for you
It's only too true, when I see me, I see you too
Eyes watching, knowing they love just as much
Thinking of you as my light; my sunshine that warms everything
Love me no different from any other person, but love me like no other person
Love you for your hard work and dedication, seeing you strive for a good education
Love me while I live; forever more when I die
If I'm sick or healthy, love me
Sweet as can be; having one of those days
Always love me
Figuring out E=mc2, then acting silly
Just chilling
Please be willing to care
Feel it deep inside, eyes open wide, nothing can hide when you know love
Apart from eachother but together in the heart
That's where it all really starts
Love me as a young child loves their new puppy
I'll love you just as much, see
When we're snowed in, hold me and I'll do the same to thee
Only love me

~*~

Four Seasons 
Ginger

Bird singing in tree 
Mate warming blue eggs in nest
Cat watching nearby. 

Grass growing too long
Dog sleeping under willow
Fly buzzing on by.

Antlered Buck guarding
Doe safely at rest dreaming
Blanket leaves falling.

Sun saying farewell
Looking for sleep in water
Cold is hidden there.
********************

~*~

Winter
F.Einar Bloomquist


Swings, empty in rain.
Hanging stiller than tombstones.
Guarding hidden joy. 
~*~
Fairy Tails
Rachel Micaela


Climbing the mountain of childhood dreams;
breaking through enchanted times. 
Fighting the dangerous dragons and demons;
meeting the fairy of chimes.
~*~

My Ice Angel
Dedicated to M.  G.
Kathleen Torres


There is an angel who watches over me,
she protects me from all harm.
She has given me wings to fly,
in new jumps that I may try.
She's extended my spirals, made them look nice,
as I did them across the slippery ice.
She's made me spin in a perfect position,
made me the best in my division.
She's helped me skate my program perfect all the way through,
angels like her there are only a few.
My ice angel lies deep inside, the very heart of you.

~*~

The Power of Love
Sean Revill


The power of love affects us all,
it lifts us up and lets us fall
but of this feeling i cant explain
only that it causes pain.

A pain like no-one can describe
the only way to know is to give it a try
but when your caught there is no escape
until the end when your heart breaks
only then will you realize
that love is hell in a good disguise.

~*~

Untitled
Leslie Miller 

I know I really love you,
so why am I so blue?
Is it because you don't know that my love is true?
I can see you in the stars,
you walk around my dreams.
With pride on your face
and your heart on your sleeve, wishing to be with me.
I know your really lonely, you try hard to be good,
if only I could...
Then maybe you will see, 
that our love is meant to be,
and I love you with sincerity,
from now until eternity.
~*~

I am 
Rania El Hakim


I am a moon that's only bright 
Because of a sun I follow
I cannot be a sun and shine
Because my core is hollow

I am a flower in full blossom
Swaying in shadows of despair 
Not conscious that my beauty fades
Midst all the hues that glare

I am a raindrop falling from heaven
Swollen with shame and disgrace 
Awaiting to be embraced by the sea 
To reemerging in space 

I am a condemned autumn leaf 
That drifts along the stream
Moist with tears of bitterness
Pursuing a shattered dream

I am a cheerless humble tune
Only known to few
Sometimes I feel deeply sad
That's when I think of You

~*~

Blank 
Sandra Priest
Here I sit trying to think
My mind a total blank
It happened in a wink
I have this stupid computer thank

Like the words in a song
Ideas so profound I can't wait 
Just like magic they are gone
It must be fate

Unbidden they come
In the dark of night
I stumble out to capture some
Before morning's light

As dawn breaks, I sit in abject wonder 
looking at this masterpiece I have wrought
Is it by design or pure blunder?

Reading it once again
I change each line one more time
~*~

The Saddest Tears
 Nicki Stevens


The saddest tears i have ever cried have come from the deepest part of my broken
heart.

They are the tears that cry out for love, and express my hurt wh4en i know i
can't get it.

They are the tears that are for the boy I will always love, but will never love
me back.

They are the tears that make me say i hate him, but are only there because i 
love him.

My tears are the saddest tears because they are brought on the by the only boy
that could ever make me smile.
~*~
INTROVERTED
 Litha
© 2000 Litha (All rights reserved)

Torn and weathered with wrinkles of silk,
Sneers and snickers to those who gaze,
A deep fathoms of abstinence to those
Who see the tallowed flesh.
Cast not your eyes, but your soul,
And then you may see the harmonious 
refinement of beauty.
The delicate charm that exists in the marrow of life.
The esthetic grace of the psyche,
Fair and pleasing, not to the eye,
But to those who look beyond.
~*~
Close thine eyes and slumber, love
Oft watch'd o'er by angels above.
Close thing eyes dear, ere to sleep
Thy tired eyes no longer weep.
Close thine eyes and thus forget
The sadness, pain, the hurt that's left
The crying subsides, soft grows the breath
To sleep and to dream is peaceful like death.
Close thine eyes and float away
The morrow will bringst a better day.
Dream, sweet child, of magical things
The merriment of fairies, paupers, and kings.
Close thine eyes....escape from this place
Serene expressions on thy face.
Escape from the world, angelic child
Close thine eyes and dream for awhile.
Eileen Julie

~*~

Stars, stars are the flowers of the sky. Stars.
Stars are the followers of the moon. Stars.
Stars are the twinkling dancers of the night. Stars.
Stars are the comforters of frightened children. Stars. Stars!!!!!!!!!!!
 Michele Ashley 

~*~

From what has been
said and done
I didn't think
you would want
to run



from each part 
of my heart
I just don't
know were 
to start

what part
of my heart
won't understand
 cloe
~*~

Looking out
M44vt


The sea rolls 
as you glance out across it 
looking at the horizon
seeing a boat or perhaps a whole fleet
but really what we want to see is land
giving us comfort
what we live on 
what we need 
to live 
to survive
~*~

Transpiration
James Morris

What has transpired has expired insofar as time is concerned. Space on the other hand, while not directly reflecting, echoes from what has been.

~*~

Shadows
Nigel Bangert



There are shadows along our city streets
That hold the shape of life,
They wander for the sake of going
Seeking our brightness out;
To cast themselves on our emotions
Sympathy and sorrow, a little guilt perhaps
That we carry our light into our homes,
Not to a bed of cardboard and rags
Where shadows can hide among shadows.

~*~

Leaf
Chew Yiwei 

Swiftly you fall from your brown home
into the calm stream down below.
Softly without a sound,
you create gentle ripples
with your meek touch.
Floating along to vast unknowns,
yet you seem so calm.
You've lost your lush and green
to turn so yellow, curled and dry.
Only to attain this peace. 

~*~

this lasting face
this mask i placed
doesn't matter if it's big or small
nothing matter's at all

to me the world is either black or white
and the truth behind pain is why
we try to pray
our sins away

I'm going to die tonight
slowly I take of my mask
and i will stop this play 
for free for free for free

Nothing really matters to me
 DaGRiD

~*~

"This Woman Needs"
Tania Fadollone

This woman needs
A mind of her own
Not a man who will tell her
Who's right and who's wrong
She needs someone to love her
Support her and care
Not a man who will leave her
And tease her and tear
At all of her insecurities
And all her life's pain
Most whom she got
From others in vain
This woman needs a new life
A new dream
To be freed from the sadness
So the innocent young girl
Can finally be free

~*~

"The Unknown"
Stephen Carter


United we are
Unknown to others
Not even to my
Father, sister, mother and brothers
We are not popular,
Famous or cool
People look at us
as a mere tool
They ignore us
I don't know why
Maybe because they don't know us
Me, Myself and I.
~*~

Broken Heart
kandy athena


Don't ever give a guy your loving heart
They'll play with your emotions from the start
I thought I had given mine to a man
Someone who loved me and would understand
You lost all feelings you ever had
And sometimes hit me when upset or mad
Time after time you were sorry again
Only sometimes the pain would never end
You once told me that love lasts forever
And when couples fight, it's for the better
But sometimes it's hard and I break down and cry
I used to love you, now I wonder why
My heart was to fragile for you to break
I was naive, now I'm at Heaven's gate.

~*~

"sweet memory"
 Tara 


thoughts, dripping, like slow honey tears,
forming the lining of my ever-changing spirit.
will change, can change, be everlasting???
I hope it, I pray it,
but honey leaves a sticky trail.

~*~

Your absence has left me wounded, Partially though completely 
Which will take more courage then I can muster to overcome
But this time a motherís sweet hearted kiss canít heal the pain
Which engulfs my soul and erupts from the scars you left me with
Do you know what itís like to love someone so much it hurts? 

Hopefully, this period of melancholy will be brief and not perpetual
Like in a drug store novel telling tales of a love not meant to be, Forbidden
Which only makes it more appealing and more alluring

I know Iím setting myself up, Like a clown setting up a joke
Only this time Iím the minstrel and I watch you laugh and razz me
But I canít do anything to react, So I recoil into myself to hide my tears 
For fear you may think me weak and a coward

I am ashamed, ashamed because I didnít stop it, ashamed because I wouldnít stop it, 
and ashamed because I couldnít stop it, even if the attention from you was painful it was worth it

You made me think I deserved it, that I didnít obey you so I needed to be punished
Like I was a possession, the only thing of mine that belongs to you, is my heart. 

Slowly, I will become independent, and break away into a new found love
A love for life, a love for myself
And maybe in time Iíll forgive you but more so,
Maybe Iíll thank you.

 Elizabeth J Brassord
~*~

The Love Shack
By Wallace A. Zard



Smoldering ashes
Fiery grave
Condescending attitudes
Make me a slave

Brandishing weapons
Killing on queue
Hopelessly fearing
Traveling to

Trains full of people
Waiting to die
Camps holding ghosts
Concealing the lie

As weíve learned nothing
Shielding the blame
Time teaches something
Things are the same

Capture, containment
Brutality must
Echo the hope sought
In God We TrustÖ

~*~

I was a fool in love.....
Tiffany


You always said the right words, did the right things, but baby iwas a fool.
I always thought you were almost perfect. Because you were always their when 
I needed you by my side. But baby i was a fool because i was blind to miss your 
little games. You got the looks, the moves, the words but baby you fooling 
your fooling yourself because you don't have me anymore. You told me you loved
me and we were forever... But who wants to stay with a player??
Not me see ya... I'm leaving, I'm gone, I'm no longer a blind fool staying with a player...

~*~

I'm Sorry 
(to the only one I've ever cared for)
@cinder Ash W. 


When you held my hand
I never wanted to let go
When you looked my way
I never wanted to have it end
When you were my friend
I never wanted to lose you
When you trusted me
I never wanted to break it
When you always cared
I never wanted not to forget it
When you were hurt by me
I never wanted to do it

~*~

Goodbye
Samantha Gray


The sand in between your toes
Your finger in your little nose
Daddy has to let you go

It's not my fault nothing I can do
I can't believe I'm losing you
Daddy has to let you go

You'll be up there where you belong
Among the angels and their song
Daddy has to let you go

I'll hold your hand nad squeeze it tight
Don't worry, listen to me it'll be alright
Daddy has to let you go

I feel you drift away
Your lifeless body here to stay
Daddy has let you go
~*~

THE FIRST TIME I SAW YOUR FACE 
I KNEW THIS WAS THE PLACE 
THE PLACE WHERE I WOULD FALL INTO YOUR HEART
THAT WAS JUST A START
I KNOW U FEEL THE SAME
OH BUT WHAT A SHAME 
I CANT EXPRESS TO YOU HOW I FEEL 
IM SORRY FOR THAT

I NEVER HAD NO ONE I COULD COUNT ON
BEEN LET DOWN SO MANY TIMES
I WAS TIRED OF SEARCHING 
TILL YOU WALKED INTO MY LIFE 
IT WAS A FEELING IíVE NEVER KNOWN
FOR THE FIRST TIME I DIDNíT FEEL ALONE

YOUR RIGHT THERE TO SAVE ME
WHEN MY WORLD GOES CRAZY
I STILL TREBLE WHEN WE TOUCH
ITS A FEELING INSIDE I CANT EXPLAIN
NO ONE CAN MAKE ME FEEL THE WAY YOU DO 
WHEN IM SITTING CLOSE TO YOU 
I CAN FEEL YOUR HEART BEATING 
BUT MINE IS BEATING FASTER 

I WANT THESE FEELINGS TO LAST
THIS TIME WILL GO BY SO FAST
I THINK OF YOU WHEN I GO TO SLEEP 
JUST TO WAKE UP AND WEEP
BECAUSE I CANT HOLD YOU IN MY ARMS TODAY 
BECAUSE YOU ARE SO FAR AWAY 

I WANT TO BE YOUR EVERYTHING
I WANT TO BE SUN COMING UP IN YOUR EYES 
THE SPARK THAT LIGHTS YOU UP
ALL THAT YOU BEEN DREAMING OF AND MORE
SO MUCH MORE
I WANT TO BE YOUR EVERYTHING
JOHNNY FOURBYFOUR

~*~

CHERISHED
Brian Donn Howard 

As the thought of your merciless smile,
Is one of fascination

Let not the absence of time stand in the way of us
Embracing each moment should he ever come close
Intriguing the very senses you have awaken in me
Little memories he leaves of you, I cherish
A heart of enticed wonder in your eyes
Needless to say, a cuteness refined indeed
In these days of time, such a luxury you've become

Cherished, is the gift he bares us
As he, being time, is ours,
When we are together

I give thanks to him for allowing me the joy of you
His untimely absence is understood,
Acknowledged even
And in the anticipation of the memories of us,
I will wait for him

For I know that someday soon,
Our time will come again

~*~

The Solemn Girl Vs. Harsh Reality
 Melanie Lajambe

The solemn girl, she who
Hovers in the clouds
Even when she shouldn't.

She floats among the many 
Old memories that she tries so hard to 
Leave in the past, but they creep upon her.
Evil lurks there in the unknown 
Memories of a small child
No one is aware of the silent torment of the

Girl who appears to be daydreaming but is,
Instead, fighting demons that keep her awake at night.
Restless in the darkness of the daydream she tries to return to the sunny classroom; 
Light that comes from outside, from the joyful, peaceful sun that seems almost to 

Venerate 
Small children's smiles

However the small child that struggles
Among the demons in her memories
Rejects the sun's cheerfulness
She doesn't trust the sun-she has only known 
Horror and is not sure what beauty and peace are.

Reality slowly comes back to her now as the 
End-of-recess bell rings for
All children to go laugh and play 
Little-children games that the girl 
Isn't aware of or knows how to play.
"Tight control over my emotions is what's best" the 
Young girl mutters under her breath as she goes outside to watch other kids play.

~*~

<< (*(*(*(*(*(Unseen Love*)*)*)*)*)*)*)
 Jessie 

When you feel all alone, Look into the sky. The star that glows above the rest is me. I'll always be there watching over you. With each twinkle that's me blowing you a kiss, and saying "I love you." When the day comes, the sun is me. With each extending ray that's me reaching out my arms for a hug and saying "I care." When the day is cloudy and the sun can not be seen, I am the rain that falls from above. With each tap I make as I hit the ground, that's me crying for your pain and saying "All will be okay." But soon my dear the rain will stop, the sun won't shine as it did before, and my start will cease to exist. This is when we will be together physically. Until then I will be your unseen love guarding and protecting you from up above.

~*~

Balance

Drought, disease
Cyclone, Death
Backbending
Labour 
In swampy 
Fields of Paddy
Peddling obese rickshaws
Sundown, harvest
Festival, birth
Ecstasy
In moon dipped
Fields of paddy
Racing wind rickshaws

Recession, depression
Heartbreak, Death
Mindbending 
Labour
In tinpot
Tethered offices
Chugging choking cars
Revenue, income
Remuneration, birth
Gourmet victories
In chrome
Fluorescent offices
Racing whipcord cars
Monisha Malhan

~*~

Confusion

Flowing roughly
tumbling, falling 
The mind is spinning

Dying slowly
Crying reaching
The soul is longing
Holding tightly
clinging drowning
in the flood in my mind

Screaming madly
"someone help me!"

Then silence.

peace.

And the final breath is taken.
 Heather Warner 

~*~

I Saw, I Knew, I Learned
I saw him from the distance
I saw him looking at me
Everyone told me he's a player
but I didn't think he'd do it to me
I'd seen him hurt others
but I thought he loved me
but nope, guess again
everything fell eventually
See I saw many things
and soon so did my heart
and with those rumors he had spread
it tore my heart apart
I guess I saw it coming
I brought it upon myself
and now I have nothing to give
not even my good health
but now I have good help
and I'm trying to forget all that
I'm picking up all the pieces
and slowly pasting them back
 Jessie Maldonado

~*~

Dear Shawn,
If tomorrow never comes
and we're just left with today,
I hope you remember how much I love you
and in my heart you'll forever stay.
If I wake up in the morning
with the rain pouring down
and if you go to bed at night with a deep and lonely frown,
I'll still love you as much as yesterday,
and a little more tomorrow,
and if you ever run out of love,
I have plenty for you to borrow.
If your world freezes over
and mine crashes down,
just always remember that I'm here for you
and my love can always be found.
Carey Foley

~*~

Where Ever You Are & What Ever You Do Where ever you are what ever you do; Know why GOD made you. He made you to love and serve him. There's a purpose and a reason for every one and every thing. We must put GOD first in our life; Only then will every thing fall in to place. WE are here only for a short while. We must do what we can to set forth the masters plan.
Darlene Shaffer. 

~*~

Fade

Didnít know I stepped in it again
So bad so bad
Got no desire to communicate
How bad just how bad
Back of my head aches tonight
It hurts to look around
Canít block your disassociation 
No more
Donít wanna answer the phone
Donít wanna hear your disinterest
An arms length
Thought my arms were shorter than this
Stared out the window all afternoon
Watched the yellow line fly
Forgot to blink
Forgot to breathe
Trying to summon the wind again
But my vibe is so weak these days
Stare into the sun girl
Fade away.
Melissa K. Nummy 

~*~

Rain Dance

Imagine magic midnight
Imagine a black majestic night
Reaching, touching, grasping wholeness
Velvet splendor without light
Without sight
Black the night.

I feel a cloud peel back thunder
As lightning cracks the sky;
Trouble fails to call in wonder
Serenity the rains' lone cry
I wonder why 
I want to fly

A key unlocks all hidden doorways
Turns within and clicks in time
Unleashing tides of tranquil Sundays
Flowing in unending rhyme
Dancing in time
Calm, sublime.

So speaks a sage of wisdom
So speaks a prince of peace
And sings a song for lovers
Now the searching cry has ceased
No more a beast 
Its soul released. 
Madeleine Armstrong

~*~

"This Little Victor Feeling"
Eilene Quasebarth.


I hate
I hate what you said
I hate how you said it

So nice

I hate that no one will see what is wrong
I hate that I am not the victim
I hate the accusations
I hate that I am not good enough
that I am not as good as her
I hate me
I hate this self
I hate my ways
lies
meekness
lethargy
I hate the taste in my mouth, coppery flowing taste
I hate that you think you don't need me
that you are influenced
I hate her who influences you

I hate that I have no conviction
~*~

when will i
 Benjamin J. Padula 

when will i stand to be counted, confronted with endless thought, what time will
be bought, when will i come to understand the truth for what i see it, knowing that
it is only what i believe that makes this possible, when will i set my imagination 
free, no longer confined by human corruption, when will i begin to live MY
LIFE, i will...
~*~

AM I NORMAL?

AM I NORMAL TO THINK
OF DEATH IN SUCH WAYS?
IS THIS A SING
WHAT DOES IT SAY?
SOMETIMES I WANT TO ESCAPE
WILL I LOSE MY MIND 
AND TAKE MY LIFE AWAY?
IT'S ALL IN MY HEAD
THE DRUGS, THE GUN, THE PAIN
IT USED TO BE SO SIMPLE 
I COULD NEVER DO SUCH THINGS
BUT NOW I PULL THE TRIGGER
AND HEAR THE BULLET RING
IT'S SCARY SOMETIMES 
WITH THESE THOUGHTS 
TRAPPED IN MY MIND
IF I EMPTY MY HEAD
WILL YOU HELP ME OR WALK AWAY
AND WATCH MY BLOOD FADE RED?
CAN YOU TELL ME; AM I NORMAL?
 LISA M.
~*~

Tigers
Jazmin Garza


Roses are red
Tigers are orange and black;
If you try to attack a tiger,
It will have you as a snack!

~*~

My Past
 Jackie G.

I forgot my Past.
It's Been a Blast.

But now it's all coming back.
I don't know how to react.

I put it all behind me.
They just had to remind me. 

I tried to keep it from showing.
Oh how I tried to keep you from knowing. 

I don't know what to do 
I'm so scared of losing you

What can I do?
I can't tell you the truth.
I can't lie to you.

Oh how I need something to say.
To take it all away.
To just bring back the Day.
When everything seemed to be going my way.

But now I've come 
To my senses 
And I now I understand 
The circumstances

That you have
To forget my past
If you want to 
Make it last. 

~*~

PASSION
-Heather Koch


this pasty glue holding
us together
two formerly
one at present.

like pale plaster
dries with winds
of words and heat
and cracks.

an illusion crumbling
with the touch of us
staring blindly at its debris
soon its dust.

holds us close
dries fast
crumbles faster
will be gone.
~*~

Thirst
Lori Ann Day

The sun will thirst for water,
and the desert for the sea.
The clouds will thirst for the sun,
and you will for me.

Desert flower, clouded by the sun,
sun shower, you are the one,
burning bush, burn until you're done,
multi-coloured rainbow, tell me where
you're from.

Poured out waters, spring into my well,
drink of me, and no one will tell,
walk away slowly into the night,
away from the light of day,
where no one is in sight.
You are my secret disciple,
and no one must know.

~*~

All my love I give to you 
I feel deep 
Down in my anima
With all that is true in this blessing
Called you
My love for you is intense
And deep enough within 
Anima

I live by my anima
The true self that is me
Here before me and existing after
Without it I could never be
Eternal energy permanently burning
The light that is within me
Ignites endlessly when you touch me 
No other felt before yet dare try
With this what could I do but to love you?
You're ever-present soul caressing within mine
Rising me, making my spirit fly free
I've never known love before you
Feeling deep within my anima
This Love brand new
Touching my soul as real as 
Touching my skin 
Touches so real yet only deep within

Deep into my Anima
Deirdre' P

~*~

Can't let go
chantal dijk


Every time I close my eyes, 
I'm being hit by surprise
You stole the laughter, 
and you brought the rain.

I'm lost for all those answers, 
they all do sound the same.
I'm lost for a thousand words
Coz there's nothing left to say...

I'm stuck with feet, 
I cant go on,
cant give up
cant let go 

With one foot in the water,
and the other on the floor.
One hand letting go of you,
The other reaching out for more

The nights are long 
and my heart's so cold
My tears they burn 
I've got nowhere left to go...

~*~

fragile, tranquil, liar, me...
Eustanik Blanco

it strikes me as horrendously boring and ill-intended,
as you cry and complain and you've "lied, cheated and stolen"...
the creature in your womb develops and dissolves...
this pride over my eyes stings...
ridiculously "superior" to me...
my dear it's only skin death...
it's only a bit of a loss memory...
a lost cause and unkept secrets that we swore the air to...
fragile break into this, tranquil sink into this, you liar sink into me...
the beauty of what we'll never be...
unreachable characters and now i'm "sick"...
i knew of all these things and now your iron words cut my hands, my face, my arms...
this burden that second by second makes me wish to be...
fragile cut into this, tranquil walk into this, you liar cut into me...
how is numbness for feeling? if can you even recognize me?
when you can't even talk to me...
i don't even care, you're not even here...you're not even a ghost...
you were only my simple love...
fragile slip into this, tranquil fall into this...you liar redeem all this...

~*~

July 14, 1997
By Kevin D. Jones
Title: S. L. D.

As your lips touch my body
my mind begins to soar
As your hands caresses my unknowns
my where-abouts shouts out for more

As you speak softly into my ear
my adrenalin rushes to overflow
As your body moves closer to me 
my every intention begins to grow

As we continue to be each others
our love will always behold 
An epoch of greatness
forever to be told
~*~

Below Stairs
Timothy M. Jones

In an image that would not die
I walked into this place
to hear you talk.
Standing down a step from where
I see myself.
It is imaginary innocent banter,
a stream through a lazy
left side. My eyes mirror
your shadow.
A sign painted stop or
don't stop because you are special.
These words fall
from top to bottom,
side to side, I sway incessantly
to a song I long for
through these back streets of 
cities I made up.
~*~

I need you my love is real to be feel all i have to give.
Sometimes you have is a real person in real life in personality.
I don't have something to say about love and friendship to others as well.
To get know yourself first than after that you will get a boyfriend that way.
 Jenny Schaefer

~*~

The night long overdue
Mere words they were not
But a part of me to you
Free of strings and hidden meanings
Purely exposing my fallen man
You may not have heard my words
I need not wonder
Holding true to my promise
Struggling every day
The promise a lie 
If my actions took it away

On my newfound feet
I solidly stand
No longer you as my air
Breathing deeply looking onward
The Promise guiding my way

Chris E.

~*~

God Is Near
Nancy Gearhart

Dewdrops sparkle from a cool morning mist.
Soft sunlight trickles through gently swaying leaves,
while slowly I awake to a fresh spring breeze...

Once again, a new day breaks bright and clear.
In the air a melody drifts by my ear, bringing
sweet sounds of bird's songs for me to hear.

With a cheerful song they welcome dawn,
I close my eyes and with a sense of calm.

I sigh and feel; all is well, all is right, 
nothing to fear...

God is near......
~*~

"DRUNK"
Nora Laguna


I am drunk with your love
Saturated with your kisses
Inspired by your lust
Know the truth if you must

I am drunk with your taste
Absorbed in your touch
Elated by your presence
If you know anything, know this

I am drunk with your love
Saturated in what it appears to be
Inspired by what it does to me
Know this truth if you must

I am drunk
Sick and vomiting
with your love
~*~

Lady in the Lake

Desperately I tried 
to hold onto my life,
but there was no substance,
and it melted
through my fingers
like butter on a hot stove.

Looking in the mirror
I wonder who I see.
Some strange woman
with green eyes.
What is it she wants?
Her eyes are too sad,
so I look away.

I transform from
no one into someone else
Mist becoming clouds.
Not really here yet
but visible.

I want my life to be:
hot summer days,
silly laughter,
joy of freedom,
hope each day,
enraptured life.

The lady in the mirror
reminds me 
of the lady in the lake:
mysterious and elusive.
Ready to catch 
what is thrown her way.
I talk to her about my life.
She listens.
She listens.
I see myself.
 Lynne Mosley

~*~

"Lately"
Sabrina Crystal Saenz~

Lately you have been on my mind quite a bit
I have been so restless I can't even sit
When I pour my morning coffee your face appears in the steam
You never leave my weary mind it seems
Since you have been gone I have missed you badly
I look at your picture and kiss it sadly
Your smiling face appears in my dinner plate
I pour my food in the sink and pray that soon I can start a new slate
I've called in sick to work everyday
Everyone keeps telling me that it's gonna be okay
I sleep with the light on, I am afraid what took you might be hiding in the dark
All I can do is hope that death is through leaving his mark
I crawl into bed and drift slowly off to sleep
And dreams of you into my head do seep
A small smile creeps onto my face as the good memories flood my mind
Only in my sleep true peace do I find
Beside me my angel sits making evil flee
And from all harm protecting me
~*~

where's my love
Florence


Can love find a way to my heart 
Or will it just vanish away into the dark

Once i find 
Will it stay or drown in the rain

Why isn't love finding me 
Does it not trust me 

Am I to vulnerable to take the ups and downs? 

I am overlooked by love 
No one loves me so how can I love

I'm trapped in the dark with no where to go 
No sunshine to be seen
And no love to redeem 

~*~

One Minute
-Rebecca

One minute you were here
living in a dream.
Next minute, you were gone,
or so it seems.

One minute you were my friend
saying you'll always be here.
Now you're gone,
leaving me to tear.

One minute you said you loved me,
You said you'd never go,
You said you'd always be,
But that seems so long ago.

One minute you were here,
living in my dream.
I wished you gone,
Now I want to scream.

I never realized how much you meant to me, 
Now I think of you day and night
How stupid could I have been?
Now I know that you were right.
~*~

" VALENTINE'S DAY "
ASHLEY NETTLETON 

HEAD OVER HEELS FOR THE ONE YOU LOVE,
SPEND THIS DAY LIKE TWO LITTLE DOVES.

MEANT TO BE TOGETHER FROM THE START,
HOPING THAT YOU WILL NEVER PART.

WITH HIM YOU'LL STAY,
EVEN IF YOU DIE THIS VERY DAY.

HEAD OVER HEELS AND IN A CLOUD,
YOU CAN'T CONCENTRATE WHEN IT'S LOUD. 

HEAD OVER HEELS FOR THE ONE YOU LOVE,
SPEND THIS DAY LIKE TWO WHITE LOVE DOVES.

 

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